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By Vince Font

Pride parade, San Francisco. Credit: ingridtaylor.

Pride parade, San Francisco. Credit: ingridtaylor.

If you’re planning a California vacation to San Francisco for this summer’s Gay Pride festivities, you’d do well to pack for cool weather and heed Mark Twain’s famous words: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” But don’t go overboard — celebration events running from noon to the wee hours, including performances, dance parties, and after-hours clubbing will have you working a sweat in no time.

Now, where to unpack that rainbow hoodie and start the celebration? Finding LGBT friendly San Francisco hotels is as easy as finding popcorn in a box of Cracker Jack. You’re guaranteed at least one surprise, too. Depending on where within the city you want to stay, I’ve picked out a few of the swankiest yet affordable digs on offer.

Union Square/Nob Hill
Hotel Nikko‘s four-star accommodations situate you mere steps away from the classy Rrazz Room night club, and a stone’s throw from Union Square in the heart of downtown. Enjoy pampering in the form of Subarashee Yume pillow-top beds, large flat panel televisions (plus TVs positioned within bathroom mirrors), and a 15-meter heated indoor pool. Show your love to one another openly with pride — Hotel Nikko is recommended by Travel Alternatives Group for its LGBT friendliness.


San Francisco Pride in bloom. Credit: ingridtaylor.

Fisherman’s Wharf
The Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel gives you a brisk walk’s access to the touristy yet unforgettable Pier 39, where you can hop aboard a ferry to Alcatraz Island. Having just completed a $33 million renovation, each room features the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed and WiFi access.

Breezing in and out for an overnight stay? The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel is located 9 miles from downtown and 1.5 miles from San Francisco International airport. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, a fitness center, and the Bistro 123 restaurant and Martini Bar.

Book any of these three hotels now and you can save up to 35% off your stay as part of the Orbitz Summer Hotel Sale. You’ll often see even bigger savings when you book your San Francisco hotel and flight together.

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Vince Font is a freelance writer born in Puerto Rico and currently escaped to Utah. When not dreaming of interstellar travel, he’s on the hunt for weird, wacky, and off-the-beaten-track vacation destinations. Next stop: The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast.

Tagged: California, Hotels

Nina Kokotas Hahn

Nina Kokotas Hahn

Nina Kokotas Hahn is a travel writer and Chicago journalist whose work appears in Chicago magazine, HuffPost Travel and Condé Nast’s HotelChatter. Globetrotting since infancy, she’s the daughter of a travel agent and considers thrill seeking part of the DNA. Find her on Twitter at @ninakhahn.

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